Despite being a part of Chelsea since 2012, midfielder Patrick Bamford is still yet to achieve his dream of putting on the blue shirt for the first team.
Blues manager Jose Mourinho has stated his plans to implement a few youngsters next year, having a successful youth team to pick players from. However, there appears to be no mention of this season’s Championship Player of the Year.
After a solid campaign for Middlesbrough, scoring 19 goals to help the Boro reach the heights of the Championship, one would think Bamford, at the ripe age of 21 would be an ideal long term investment for a side that have had to battle against injury issues with their older strikers. However, transfer rumours surrounding Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette make things all the more uncertain.
A number of Premier League teams appear to be interested in employing Bamford’s talents, for at least the duration of one season. That includes Southampton, Crystal Palace and Newcastle. However, Mourinho may see enough value in him to keep him on the books, even if only as a fail safe measure in case the imminent Premier League champions face striker issues.
Either way, Bamford should look forward to playing in the top flight, even if it means a delay in reaching his dream of playing first team football for the Blues. Before this season, he has been loaned out to Derby and MK Dons.
With Middlesbrough now in the Championship play-offs, though, and now only three games away from promotion to the Premier League, many will look to see whether the Teeside team retain the services of a crucial part of their team this season.